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Topic: Political organizations and groups 

Civics

 Standard 10.  Understands the roles of voluntarism and organized groups in American social and political life
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 6.Knows the historical and contemporary role of various organized groups in local, state, and national politics (e.g., unions; professional organizations; religious, charitable, service, and civic groups)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows the historical and contemporary role of various organized groups in local politics
     2.Knows the historical and contemporary role of various organized groups in state politics
     3.Knows the historical and contemporary role of various organized groups in national politics
     4.Knows the role of unions in politics
     5.Knows the role of professional organizations in politics
     6.Knows the role of religious groups in politics
     7.Knows the role of charitable groups in politics
     8.Knows the role of service groups in politics
     9.Knows the role of civic groups in politics
 Standard 20.  Understands the roles of political parties, campaigns, elections, and associations and groups in American politics
  Level III (Grade 6-8)
   Benchmark 4.Understands the historical and contemporary roles of prominent associations and groups in local, state, and national politics (e.g., historical associations such as abolitionists, suffragists, labor unions, civil rights groups; religious organizations and contemporary associations such as AFL-CIO, National Education Association, Common Cause, League of Women Voters, Greenpeace, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the historical roles of prominent associations and groups in local, state, and national politics
     2.Understands contemporary roles of prominent associations in local, state, and national politics
     3.Understands the role of historical associations such as the abolitionists in local, state, and national politics
     4.Understands the role of historical associations such as the suffragists in local, state, and national politics
     5.Understands the role of historical associations such as labor unions in local, state, and national politics
     6.Understands the role of historical associations such as civil rights groups in local, state, and national politics
     7.Understands the role of religious associations in local, state, and national politics
     8.Understands the role of contemporary associations such as the AFL-CIO in local, state, and national politics
     9.Understands the role of contemporary associations such as the National Education Association in local, state, and national politics
     10.Understands the role of contemporary associations such as Common Cause in local, state, and national politics
     11.Understands the role of contemporary associations such as the League of Women Voters in local, state, and national politics
     12.Understands the role of contemporary associations such as Greenpeace in local, state, and national politics
     13.Understands the role of contemporary associations such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in local, state, and national politics
   Benchmark 5.Knows how and why Americans become members of associations and groups, and understands how membership in these associations provides individuals with opportunities to participate in the political process.
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows how Americans become members of political associations and groups
     2.Knows why Americans become members of political associations and groups
     3.Understands how membership in political associations provides individuals with opportunities to participate in the political process
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 7.Knows historical and contemporary examples of associations and groups performing functions otherwise performed by the government such as social welfare and education
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows historical examples of associations and groups performing functions otherwise performed by the government
     2.Knows contemporary examples of associations and groups performing functions otherwise performed by the government
   Benchmark 8.Understands the extent to which associations and groups enhance citizen participation in American political life
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the extent to which associations enhance citizen participation in American political life
     2.Understands the extent to which groups enhance citizen participation in American political life